Archive for June, 2010

Itunda Baptist Mission – Angola Day 7

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 |

  In contrast to the behavior of Angola’s colonial rulers, some individuals made genuine investments into the lives of the Angolan people themselves. In 1929 a family moved to the village of Itunda, just outside the city of Huambo (formerly Nova Lisboa). They started a school for local children, taught about Jesus, and initiated a […]

Now Taking Your Questions – Angola Day 5

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 |

  Angola was colonized by the Portuguese during the 1400s. Though the Portuguese invested little into Angola’s infrastructure, even after the colonial rule ended in 1975 the Portuguese language remains both the official and the common language. I was quite privileged to live in Lisbon for a year studying the language. One of the language […]

This Child Should Not Die – Angola Day 3

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 |

  Today at Lubango Evangelical Medical Center immediately I was summoned to the ER, where I met little Nibombe. Coughing and less than alert, it was clear that Nibombe was suffering from pneumonia that encased his entire left lung. On closer inspection, I was also alarmed to find that his condition was complicated by heart failure. I […]

Cross-Cultural Shock – Angola Day 1

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 |

  Straight after reception for the INMED Intensive Course students I left for the Kansas City International airport. Three days and some 14,000 miles later I landed back in Lubango, Angola, southern Africa. This nation is noteworthy for being home to the shortest life expectancy on earth – just 38 years! Though I lived in […]

2010 INMED International Public Health Intensive Course

Monday, June 14th, 2010 |

  The week of June 14-18 INMED hosted 69 participants for the 2010 International Public Health Intensive Course. These included nurses, public health specialists, pharmacists, physicians, and graduate students from the entire range of health fields. Remarkably, most participants had significant international experience caring for those most poor. Topics included Health Leadership, Building Organizational Capacity, Water & […]

2010 INMED International Medicine Intensive Course

Monday, June 7th, 2010 |

  On June 7 INMED welcomed 43 participant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the 2010 International Medicine Intensive Course. Many of these highly motivated individuals have significant experience in serving forgotten people in multiple nations, and came to further sharpen their skills. Participants included 13 physicians, 2 resident physicians, 7 medical students, 7 physician […]

Chronic Diseases Amid Chronic Poverty

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 |

  Quick, what is the leading acute cause of death in world’s poorest nations? How about the second most common acute cause of death? The truth may startle you. Pneumonia as the leading acute cause of death is no surprise. But number two is coronary artery disease. No, not HIV, not diarrhea, not even malaria. It […]